Sperantzas Vassilis (1938)

He was born in Athens in 1938. He studied painting and printmaking at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1956-1962). Later on he taught lithography at the same school (1976-1987). He also attended etching courses in London (1969). He presented his first solo exhibition in Athens in 1966 (Astor Gallery).
He usually paints with oils, pastels, temperas and acrylics. He also engages in printmaking, particularly lithography, exploiting the full potential of the medium. His oeuvre is dominated by typically anthropocentric themes that combine elements of everyday life with a metaphysical, dreamlike, erotic atmosphere. In this private mythology figures are depicted without individual characteristics, with clear contours, intense color, and with an emphasis on the plasticity of the body, especially of the female nude. The scenes usually take place indoors, and more rarely outdoors, and are often accompanied by repetitive motifs-symbols, such as the mirror, fans, playing cards, pots et al., which enhance the themes’ poetic dimension. Always true to his artistic idiom, the artist depicts an antirealist and yet familiar world, with indirect allusions to archaic, Byzantine and folk art, the painting of the Greek 30s generation, but also to the Parisian modern art.
He has presented his work in many solo shows in Greece and abroad. He has also participated in the Pan-Hellenic exhibitions, the Salon de Mai in Paris (1967-1987), as well as in group and international painting and printmaking events. In 1971 he participated in the Sao Paulo Biennale.
Examples of his work can be found at the National Gallery–Alexandros Soutzos Museum, the Averoff Museum, the Vorres Museum, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Musée d' Art Moderne in Paris, as well as in private collections in Greece and abroad.